Department of Economics

50 Years of Economics at Bath

Thu Mar 30 11:44:00 BST 2017

Dr Colin Lawson, Honorary Reader and long-term member of the department staff, gives a personal account of how we have grown to become ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Economics.

50 Years of Economics at Bath, a personal account byt Colin Lawson

This book records and celebrates the study of economics at Bath since the foundation of the University in 1966.

 

This book records and celebrates the study of economics at Bath since the foundation of the University in 1966. It focuses particularly on the undergraduate courses - their history and content, who took them, who taught them, who graduated, and where the graduates went. The account has been written as a contribution to the University's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016-17.

It will be of special interest to alumni as well as to current students who might want to place their own experiences in the wider context of the growth of the University, the development of the subject and the constraints and objectives which lay behind those processes.

The account is a personal one rather than an official history. This allows a more light-hearted approach to some of the recurrent issues that exercised successive generations of students and staff: space issues; student participation in decision-making; exams versus coursework; anonymous marking; personal tutoring; semesters versus terms; and grade inflation.

Above all this is an account of a successful journey from obscurity to national and indeed international prominence by a department that was ranked 6th in the country in the 2016 Complete University Guide.

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